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This subject will introduce students to the study of significant literary and/or visual and written texts, and may include the study of particular genres, authors, critical methodologies, literary and cultural schools or movements, cultural and/or literary developments in a particular century. Topics will vary according to current research and teaching interests of academic staff and various approaches and methodologies will be proposed.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse literary texts in Italian in historical and contemporary Italian social and cultural contexts;
- have strengthened the capacity to use linguistic structures in an academic context. Improve the ability to communicate effectively in Italian both in writing and speaking;
- have specialized in Italian literary studies and cultural studies and gain the skills to conduct research on contemporary Italian cultural and historical issues through the analysis of literary texts;
- be able to apply cultural studies and literary studies research methods to the study of Italian contemporary cultures and society;
- be able to appreciate Italian culture and history by studying the development of post-unification Italy through literary representation and criticism;
- have developed an increasing ability to analyze Italian language and culture from the perspective of a culturally aware global citizen;
- be able to demonstrate increasing autonomy and independent research skills as well as a deeper knowledge of Italian culture and language;
- be able to act confidently in Italian-speaking milieus and demonstrate an awareness of cultural and historical contexts in Italy.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired particular generic skills:
- have an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 1 March 2024